The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France eBook

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[3] “A quatre heures la reine sortit de la chambre du roi, et vint nous dire qu’elle n’esperait plus rien; que M. Mandat venait d’etre assassine.”—­MADAME DE CAMPAN, ch. xxi.

[4] “La Terreur,” viii., p. 4.

[5] It is clear that this is the opinion formed by M Mortimer Ternaux.  He sums up the fourth chapter of his eighth book with the conclusion that “le palais de la royaute ne fut pas enleve de vive force, mais abandonne par ordre de Louis XVI.”  And in a note he affirms that the entire number of killed and wounded on the part of the rioters did not exceed one hundred and sixty “en chiffres ronds.”

[6] Bertrand de Moleville, ch. xxvii.

[7] Madame de Campan, ch. xxi.


[1] “Dernieres Annees du Regne et de la Vie de Louis XVI.,” par Francois Hue, p. 336.

[2] For about a fortnight they had two, both men—­Hue, the valet to the dauphin, as well as Clery; but Hue was removed on the 2d of September.  He, as well as Clery, has left an account of the imprisonment till the day of his dismissal.

[3] “Journal de ce qui s’est passe a la tour du Temple,” etc. p.28, seq.

[4] “Memoires Particuliers,” par Madame la Duchesse d’Angouleme, p. 21.

[5] Decius was the hero whose example was especially invoked by Madame Roland.  The historians of his own country had never accused him of murdering any one; but she, in the very first month of the Revolution, had called, with a very curious reading of history, for “some generous Decius to risk his life to take theirs” (the lives of the king and queen).

[6] The princess told Clery, “La reine et moi nous nous attendons a tout, et nous ne nous faisons aucune illusion sur le sort qu’on prepare au roi,” etc.—­CLERY, p. 106.

[7] “Memoires” de la Duchesse d’Angouleme, p. 53.


[1] Clery’s “Journal,” p. 169.

[2] In March, having an opportunity of communicating with the Count de Provence, she sent these precious memorials to him for safer custody, with a joint letter from herself and her three fellow-prisoners:  “Having a faithful person on whom we can depend, I profit by the opportunity to send to my brother and friend this deposit, which may not be intrusted to any other hands.  The bearer will tell you by what a miracle we were able to obtain these precious pledges.  I reserve the name of him who is so useful to us, to tell it you some day myself.  The impossibility which has hitherto existed of sending you any intelligence of us, and the excess of our misfortunes, make us feel more vividly our cruel separation.  May it not lie long.  Meanwhile I embrace you as I love you, and you know that that is with all my heart.—­M.A.”  A line is added by the princess royal, and signed by her brother, as king, as well as by herself: 

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